I recently discovered a nice video from Barbara Sher doing a Tedx Talk in Prague…

According to Barbara Sher we have to change our common understanding of why we so often fail to bring our dreams into reality – blaming bad attitude, negative thinking or lack of effort. Heartfelt, funny and surprising stories told by a lady who’s been helping other people’s dreams for many decades.

Her thesis is that we fail so often because we are ISOLATED.

“We never know who we are talking to…we are all the centers of enormous amounts of information and connections that we don’t need or think about unless someone asks us.”

I began to realize that I had found the absolute, guaranteed secret to success and boy did it have nothing to do with positive thinking…here’s the punchline…isolation is the dream killer, not your rotten attitude, you can hate yourself, you always do it… you know it, you wake up in the morning and go “i’m fat”…you know you do that…”

In the video she explains how to start a team to get you out of your isolation and into a group that supports you and she suggests NOT using friends and family who may have preconceived notions about you…. “strangers are great!”

Anyway, if that resonates with you, I encourage you to watch the video…

I’ll give an example I’ve used before…

Years ago I got an email from a person who used to make some extra money selling on ebay until her camera broke which put her out of  business.

She was toiling in ISOLATION because all she needed was one person to say…

“You can borrow mine”


“You can buy a disposable camera at the pharmacy and return it to get the pics developed”


“My son always gets the latest camera and would be glad to give you one of his older ones.”

I can practically GUARANTEE if you posted on FB or sent an email to your address book explaining you needed a camera to continue your eBay biz, you’d drown in offers.

I love Barbara’s message.

Tell your “success team” your goal and your obstacles and watch what happens.

Just because a goal looks big to you, doesn’t mean it looks big to everyone.

Barbara’s PDF is called…”How To Get What You Really Want…(even if you have no goals…no character and you’re often in a lousy mood.)”

Click here to get the PDF and put together your own Success Team!


A Fun Project For The New Year…

by Leo on December 26, 2015


As we get closer to the new year, I’ve decided to try something new every month in 2016 and I invite you to do the same.

I’m calling these “30 day experiments” even though some months are longer or shorter than 30 days.

I will also have one year-long experiment.

The year-long experiment is business related…I’ll be sending a piece of “snail mail” every day…in my case it will be “lumpy” mail meaning there will be something included in the package which makes it lumpy… a pen is an example of something in an envelope which makes it lumpy.

Pens are too boring for me…I prefer to send things like Easy Buttons and real, live working cell phones in my lumpy mail.

If you are in any sort of business, you should folllow along and get some good ideas!


As for the monthly experiments I have several in mind for 2016…

I want to learn a Polish word or phrase each day for a month so I can find out what my sister-in-law is saying about me!  🙂

I want to give vegetarianism a try for a month…my 14 year old nephew has been a self-imposed vegetarian since he was at least 5 so I figure I can try it for a month.

I want to cut out carbs.

I want to get up at 5AM every day.

I might give cold showers a try….MIGHT.

Some of these will require planning…

I won’t do the 5 am wake up in the dead of winter when it’s cold…July seems like a good month for that.

Don’t want to miss out on burgers and hot dogs during summer parties so being a vegetarian when it’s cold out makes sense.

Cut out carbs? Not during a month with a family birthday party so March is looking good for that.

For January 2016, I have decided to learn a Polish word or phrase each day.

Życz mi szczęścia!

If you want to join in the experimenting fun, LIKE the Facebook page I started and keep us posted on what you’re doing and how it’s going.



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In Tony Robbins latest book he introduced me to the phrase “asymmetric risk/reward”. It’s a fancy way of saying “risk a little to make a lot”… risk $1 to make $5.  You can be wrong four times out of five and not lose money. In a book I was reading Thursday I noticed the advice… “risk small but […]

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As the snow falls outside my upstate NY home I thought it the perfect time to think about income streams for the Spring and beyond. My friend Mike McGroarty has been selling plants from his backyard for the better part of two decades and he can show you how to do the same.  Read the […]

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Get Paid To Lose

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I was listening to an interview with author Tim Ferris yesterday and he mentioned his concept of “fear setting” as a replacement for “goal setting”. Here is my transcript… “One of the reasons so few people do bold things is because they don’t define risk…they have a nebulous fear of a worst-case scenario… having too  little money or […]

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Some fun money below…

If you live near a Walmart,McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts and you have a smart phone, you can be earning money in minutes with a different form of mystery shopping. If you have an iPhone or an Android look in their app stores for two apps… Mobee and Gigwalk They’re both free and to signup all you […]

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Goals are for losers…

  “Goals are for losers” is the title of a section in my new favorite book… “How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.” The author is Scott Adams, the cartoonist who does the comic strip Dilbert. I got the book from my local library but […]

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